Today's 'let me introduce' blog has taken me to the golden beaches and swaying palm trees of North Queensland....not literally unfortunately.....and straight to the wonderful Casey from Beach Harvest.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Casey, I'm 36, full time mother of 3 and full time business owner. I'm originally from Colorado, USA, but have called Australia home for 13 years and am blessed to be a dual citizen of both countries. I grew up in the restaurant business - I have a foundation of appreciation of quality food, excellent customer service, and working hand-in-hand with family. I've previously worked in politics, journalism, and luxury real estate.... of course, all pre-children. Seems like a lifetime ago!
Why did you start the business?
Like all mums, I wanted the best for my kids. I spent a lot of time researching healthy food, balanced diets, preservative-free food. Finding these foods was not only difficult, but often times the kids wouldn't eat it. I read about the benefits of coconuts, and tried to feed some fresh raw coconut to my kids and they wouldn't touch it. D'oh! After lots of experimenting, I came up with our coconut chip. I shared them with other families at playgroups and mums were thrilled when their kids liked them! I started taking local orders, and then did the local markets. I started getting interstate inquiries, so I set up a website. It's gone up from there. I had previous about SEO (search engine optimisation), which was hugely beneficial. Because we are a very unique company, we get a lot of media attention, including ABC Landline and Channel 10 The Living Room.
For you, What’s the most rewarding part of your business?
I love making a healthy, sustainable, aussie food product. Many of our customers have strict dietary requirements, and they are thrilled when they find us because their food options are usually very limited. I also love it when my kids ask for the coconut chips in their lunchbox!
What’s next in your business?
I'm currently working on a vegan coconut veggie roll - think "sausage roll" but with coconut! My kids LOVE them, and like all parents know, the kids are the toughest & most honest critics. I am always thinking of new coconut chip flavours - in fact, I currently am working on a BBQ chip! The kitchen smells great, so I think it could be a winner, too.
So much happening at Beach Harvest, thanks so much Casey for your time x
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